Today’s post is a labor of love for me. The following are My All-Time Top 10 Favorite Podcast Interviews. These are personal favorites for the following reasons:
- They made me smarter.
- They challenged my thinking on certain topics.
- They shed a new light on issues I was interested in.
- They made me say, “Wow!”
- For many of these I could not take notes fast enough.
- They made a particular long drive or flight not only bearable but very enjoyable.
- The guest made or exceeded my expectations.
The following are My Top 10 All-Time Favorite Podcast Interviews.
- Daniel Jeremiah Interviews Jon Gordon – June 4th, 2015 Move The Sticks Podcast – Jeremiah, a former NFL scout, is joined by Gordon, a best-selling author of books like Energy Bus and You Win In The Locker Room First and leadership consultant, discuss how culture plays a large role in turning good teams into champions.
- Zach Lowe Interviews Howard Beck – September 3rd, 2015 The Lowe Post Podcast – Beck was the beat writer for the L.A. Daily News during the Lakers Shaq-Kobe championship era. He gives incredible insight into one of sport’s most famous feuds. If you are leading high-capacity individuals and trying to create a healthy workplace culture, this is the interview for you.
- Ken Coleman Interviews Donald Miller – July 13th, 2015 The EntreLeadership Podcast – During this interview, Miller brilliantly walks through his Storybrand process. This may be the most educational interview I have ever heard. After listening, I immediately shared this with my entire team.
- Andy Stanley Interviews Frank Blake – September 4th, 2015 Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast – In the first of a two-part interview, Andy interviews the former Chairman and CEO of Home Depot, on leadership transitions and crafting and communicating clear and compelling vision. After listening you will want to order Andy’s book Making Vision Stick.
- Peter King Interviews Tom Brady Part 2 – February 16th, 2017 – King does a magnificent two-part interview just after the Patriots Super Bowl comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Part One deals with the game itself. Part Two is where the gold is in my opinion. Brady discusses his leadership, training regimen, and how he relates to head coach Bill Belichick. I was so impressed with this interview I wrote a recap blog post 10 Steps To Achieving Peak Performance.
Lee Jenkins Interviews Bill Walton – April 4th, 2016 Open Floor Podcast – Bill Walton has been a life-long stutterer, lumberjack, Dead Head, former basketball superstar, musician, and broadcaster. Walton shares among other things the differences between John Wooden and Donald Sterling. Because of his hysterical communicative style and unique perspective, this is one of the most entertaining interviews I have ever heard.
- Carey Nieuwhof Interviews Ravi Zachrias – April 12th, 2016 The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast – The subject of this interview was How Preaching And Evangelism Need To Change To Reach The Next Generation. Does anything else need to be said? This is the most intellectually rigorous and challenging interview I have ever heard.
- John Brenkus Interviews Trent Dilfer – June 22nd, 2017 The Brink Of Midnight Podcast – This is my all-time favorite podcast interview. Dilfer discusses the disappointments of losing his job at ESPN, multiple times being cut from teams, and worse yet, the tragic death of his son. If you are facing discouragement, disappointment, fear, or a sense of loss, Dilfer’s story and perspective will greatly encourage you. A must listen!
- Ken Coleman Interviews Dr. Arthur Laffer – July 17th, 2017 The EntreLeadership Podcast – You may not know who Dr. Laffer is but you have definitely been affected by him. He was President Ronald Reagan’s chief financial advisor and is considered “The Father of Supply-Side Economics.” Dr. Laffer has brilliant insights on generating wealth for all people as well as how to build consensus with people of differing views. FYI – I feel because of the quality of guests (Simon Sinek, Seth Godin, John Maxwell, Todd Duncan, Lou Holtz, etc..) and Ken’s interview style, The EntreLeadership Podcast is my favorite podcast.
- Revisionist History – When it comes to the national discussion on race and the use of power, the following three episodes from the brilliant Malcolm Gladwell are desperately needed. Absolutely will change the way you view history. Sheer genius!
These are my Top 10 favorite podcast interviews. I hope they add value to you as a leader. What are some of your favorites?
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